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Forum News Service, Published June 21 2013

Amtrak passenger arrested in Fargo after police find 12.5 pounds of pot

GRAND FORKS – No one on the Amtrak would admit ownership of the unattended bag that Grand Forks police found in one of the cars Friday at the train station west of town, so officers confiscated it, finding 12.5 pounds of pot, according to a police report.

Officers also found in the bag an identity card belonging to Caesar Jay Leal Jr., 25, of Olivehurst, Calif.

He was later arrested at the train depot in Fargo.

Police were tipped off by the U.S. Border Patrol. At 2:30 a.m., officers with the police department, the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force and the Border Patrol went to the Grand Forks train station to catch the Empire Builder train as it came in from the West Coast.

On the second level of one of the cars, they found the bag, which contained the marijuana in several vacuum-sealed bags.

After the train left the station and police found the ID card, they called Fargo police to arrest Leal.

Leal was in the Cass County Jail, charged with possession of a controlled substance, with a maximum prison sentence of five years, according to court records. He is also charged in Grand Forks County with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

Jason McCarthy, a Grand Forks County prosecutor, said he expects Leal to be sent to Grand Forks to face charges after prosecutors in Fargo are done with him.

The investigation is continuing.